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Tech giants to reveal ‘powerful’ new phones this week - Asia Times
The Sino-American mobile phone war heats up this week as two tech giants go head-to-head with new product launches. Huawei will unveil the much-anticipated Mate 40 — likely the last of its phones t…
The Sino-American mobile phone war heats up this week as two tech giants go head-to-head with new product launches. Huawei will unveil the much-anticipated Mate 40 likely the last of its phones to be equipped with its proprietary Kirin chips on October 22, while Apple is expected to kick off its iPhone12 series on Wednesday, The Global Times reported. Industry players said the competition between the two major brands is more complicated amid the China-US technology battle, as Huaweis latest series will no doubt be snapped up as soon as it comes to market, and many dealers will be hoarding the new devices. Used to be an Apple fan, Im afraid Apple started to lose appeal for me after the iPhoneX, as its updates and functions disappointed me, especially compared with more competitive and fancier Chinese brands, Zhao Liying, a Beijing-based white-collar worker, told the Global Times. Moreover, the image of US brands, such as Apple, has been impacted by the US government reckless attack on the Chinese tech industry. The Trump administration is causing Chinese consumers to abandon Apple phones as long as we have other alternatives, Zhao said. Nevertheless, analysts said as the new iPhone-12s are expected to be 5G-capable, they will have good global sales prospects. Since the Huawei Mate 40 series will not have Google apps on board, its overseas sales may still be severely restricted, Global Times reported. Huawei does not need to compete with Apple at this stage, as its functions, powered by its advanced, industry-leading Kirin 9000 chips, will no doubt be the most powerful mobile device, Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Beijing-based Information Consumption Alliance, told the Global Times. Richard Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business, said that the Kirin 9000 chipset will have more powerful 5G capabilities, artificial intelligence capabilities, and more powerful CPU and GPU capabilities. Xiang noted that with the coordination of base stations and its telecommunications equipment, Huawei will also have a better and more stable signal than Apple, Global Times reported. On September 15, the US government cut off some high-end chipset supplies to Huawei, dealing a heavy blow to the companys Kirin chips which weigh on its high-end flagship smartphones. Some industry representatives have speculated that Huawei might abandon its high-end smartphone business in a worst-case scenario under the US government ban, Global Times reported. Its not clear how big a stockpile Huawei has of mobile phone chips, and how many Mate 40 series it can offer to the market. On September 23, Huaweis rotating chairman Guo Ping said in a media interview that the specific data was being evaluated. One thing is for sure, Huawei will not abandon its high-end mobile phone business, Xiang said. According to Chinese media reports, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the worlds largest contract chipmaker, has obtained a permit from the US Department of Commerce for a limited supply to Huawei. Asked to react to the Chinese report, TSMC said the company did not comment on unfounded market speculations. TSMC does not have a concrete plan now as everything is uncertain ahead of the US presidential election, but solutions will emerge after November 3, Xiang said. Asia Times Financial is now live. Linking accurate news, insightful analysis and local knowledge with the ATF China Bond 50 Index, the world's first benchmark cross sector Chinese Bond Indices. Read ATF now.
China’s Space Silk Road reaches Mars and beyond - Asia Times
Most geopolitical analysis is pretty down to Earth. But don’t forget to look up: China’s influence is rocketing above the heavens. On July 23, a Long March 5 rocket blasted off from the Wenchen Lau…
Most geopolitical analysis is pretty down to Earth. But dont forget to look up: Chinas influence is rocketing above the heavens. On July 23, a Long March 5 rocket blasted off from the Wenchen Launch Center on Chinas Hainan Island. Equipped with a lander, an orbiter and a rover, the Chinese Tianwen-1 spacecraft has set course for Mars to begin a comprehensive survey of the Red Planet. The Mars mission, however, is not solely about discovery. It forms part of a comprehensive strategy designed to propel China to the ranks of fully developed, rich and powerful nations by the year 2049. As President Xi Jinping explained to Taikonauts aboard the Tiangong-1, Chinas first prototype space station back in 2013, the space dream is part of the dream to make China stronger. Xis China is no longer hiding capabilities and keeping a low profile, its striving for achievement, he said at the time. Under Xis command, the Peoples Republic has launched two prototype space stations (Tiangong-1 and Tiangong-2), as well as a cargo ship (Tianzhou) able to refuel other spacecraft. In 2018, it fired more rockets into the cosmos than any other nation. A year later, China made history when the Change 4 successfully landed the first rover on the dark side of the Moon. Launch of the Change 4 from Chinas Xichang satellite launch center in the western Sichuan province. Photo: Xinhua Closer to home, the BeiDou 2 navigation system recently launched its 35th satellite, completing its sprawling constellation that promises to provide global coverage as an alternative to Americas GPS and Europes Galileo Positioning System. If Tianwen-1 successfully reaches Mars, China will join the US and former Soviet Union as the only nations to have achieved such a space feat. Unlike NASA and other space agencies whose stated goals are to conduct space exploration for the advancement of science, Chinas space program is more concerned with economic gains, geostrategic positioning and supporting development goals. By 2040, the space industry is forecast to be worth $2.7 trillion, according to a recent report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. China clearly plans to capitalize on this projection. While the most significant short- and medium-term opportunities may come from satellite broadband internet access, the future is poised to see space mining emerge as a profitable industry. A small asteroid roughly 200 meters in length that is rich in platinum could fetch up to $30 billion, one projection estimates. The Moon possesses hundreds of billions of dollars worth of untapped resources including helium-3, titanium, and other rare earth metals. Chinese researchers like Lin Mingtao are already working under the National Space Science Center to capture a near-Earth asteroid and bring it back to China to inspect and extract its resources. Beijing also has big plans for the Moon. According to state news agency Xinhua, The China National Space Administration (CNAS) intends to establish a research station on the lunar surface within the next decade. An image of the moons surface as taken by Chinas Yutu-2 rover in 2019. Image: Facebook If China succeeds in building a Moon base with industrial capacity, it could significantly lower the costs of launching spacecraft and serve as a gateway for future space exploration. But Chinas space ambitions dont stop there. By 2022, China aims to have a fully operational space station orbiting Earth. There are also plans to launch a variety of solar power plants into low-Earth orbit engineered to beam electricity back to China. Beijing is also working to develop nuclear-powered spaceships by 2040, which will conceivably enable deep space travel. All told, China is building a Space Silk Road. Within the framework of Xis signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) this new cosmic corridor complements its earthly Maritime and Land Silk Roads. As this galactic architecture takes form, Beijing intends to offer the international community an alternate credible infrastructure network, thereby competing for global leadership in space. At the same time, the space program is also intertwined with Made in China 2025, a policy designed to catapult China to becoming a global leader in high-tech manufacturing. The Space Silk Road provide a new pathway to enhance Chinas indigenous innovation capabilities in fields like quantum communications, robotics, artificial intelligence, and aviation. Accordingly, it also promotes civil-military fusion and the development of dual-use technologies: For example, while BeiDou can help navigate a ship through stormy waters, it can also guide a missile. Chinas space ambitions match its geopolitical aspirations. Image: China National Space Administration In modern warfare, space capability can help attain a geopolitical edge, military competitiveness and technological development, said Michael Raska, assistant professor at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. China is seeking all three as it embarks on the journey to great space power status, he said to regional media. Ye Peijian, the head of the Chinese lunar exploration program, has provided some insight as to how Chinas Communist Party views space. The universe is an ocean, the Moon is the Diaoyu Islands, Mars is Huangyan Island. If we dont go there now even though were capable of doing so, then we will be blamed by our descendants, Ye told reporters in 2017. If others go there, then they will take over, and you wont be able to go even if you want to. This is reason enough. Dale Aluf is the director of research and strategy at SIGNAL, Sino-Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership a member of Chinas Silk Road Think Tank Association SRTA. Asia Times Financial is now live. Linking accurate news, insightful analysis and local knowledge with the ATF China Bond 50 Index, the world's first benchmark cross sector Chinese Bond Indices. Read ATF now.
WHO clarifies ‘very rare’ transmission remarks - Asia Times
A top WHO official on Tuesday clarified her remarks that transmission of the new coronavirus from asymptomatic carriers was “very rare,” citing a “misunderstanding.” Maria V…
A top WHO official on Tuesday clarified her remarks that transmission of the new coronavirus from asymptomatic carriers was very rare, citing a misunderstanding. Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organizations Covid-19 technical lead, had said that on the basis of studies carried out in several countries, transmission of the virus by an asymptomatic person seemed very rare. We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing. Theyre following asymptomatic cases, theyre following contacts and theyre not finding secondary transmission onward. Its very rare, she told a virtual press conference on Monday. Her remarks, which were widely relayed on social media networks, sparked a reaction from part of the scientific community. Contrary to what the WHO announced, it is not scientifically possible to affirm that asymptomatic carriers of SARS-CoV-2 are not very infectious, professor Gilbert Deray of the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris said on Twitter. Liam Smeeth, a clinical epidemiology professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said he was quite surprised. There remains scientific uncertainty, but asymptomatic infection could be around 30 percent to 50 percent of cases. The best scientific studies to date suggest that up to half of cases became infected from asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people, he said. Van Kerkhove later posted on Twitter a WHO summary on transmission. Comprehensive studies on transmission from asymptomatic individuals are difficult to conduct, but the available evidence from contact tracing reported by member states suggests that asymptomatically-infected individuals are much less likely to transmit the virus than those who develop symptoms, it said. During a discussion rebroadcast Tuesday on the WHOs Twitter account, Van Kerkhove said she wanted to clarify a misunderstanding. I was referring to very few studies, some two or three, she said. I was not stating a policy of WHO. She added, I used the phrase very rare, and I think that is a misunderstanding to state that asymptomatic transmission globally is very rare. What I was referring to was the subset of studies. AFP Asia Times Financial is now live. Linking accurate news, insightful analysis and local knowledge with the ATF China Bond 50 Index, the world's first benchmark cross sector Chinese Bond Indices. Read ATF now.
China’s Haidou-1 sets deep dive record - Asia Times
“Haidou-1” has set a new Chinese record for the world’s deepest dive, reaching a depth of 10,907 metres under the Pacific Ocean surface of the Mariana Trench, the deepest area in …
Haidou-1 has set a new Chinese record for the worlds deepest dive, reaching a depth of 10,907 metres under the Pacific Ocean surface of the Mariana Trench, the deepest area in the world. The unmanned submersible also collected samples from the deep sea and took high-definition images of the geological environment, India TV News reported. Members of the expedition team from the Shenyang Institute of Automation with the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that the vehicle exceeded 10,000 meters four times at the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench during the trip, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The team left for the expedition on April 23 and returned to the northeast China province of Liaoning on Monday. During the deep-sea diving operation, researchers tested high-precision depth detection, machine hand operation, acoustic detection and positioning, and high-definition video transmission. The submersible collected samples from the deep sea and captured high-definition images of the geological environment, the report said. China in recent years has stepped up efforts to develop deep sea technology to explore mining of rich natural resources from the sea bed. During a four-hour exploration of the Mariana Trench in April of 2019, retired naval officer Victor Vescovo piloted his submarine to 10,927 meters (35,849 feet) below the seas surface, making it the deepest dive on record. While Vescovo potentially discovered four new species, he also found a plastic bag and candy wrappers. About 8 million tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean every year, mostly washed into the sea by rivers. There will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050 if current trends continue, according to the United Nations. Asia Times Financial is now live. Linking accurate news, insightful analysis and local knowledge with the ATF China Bond 50 Index, the world's first benchmark cross sector Chinese Bond Indices. Read ATF now.